Changing the spots of our leopards – Part 1
(1) There is therefore no condemnation to them, which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
We were conceived and born in sin (Psalm 51:5). We grew up in the sinful world and just like the leopards that they say do not change their spots, so also was it looking as if man could not live without sin, but thank God for the grace in Christ Jesus. Whilst in sin, the flesh reigned supreme. We actually thought we were enjoying the world, but unknown to us, we were living a life of condemnation. We equally felt and ignorantly too, that having every good thing in the world was a good life, but without knowing that lies became our truth; truth became irritating to us and, that devil had taken our freedom and replaced it with bondage.
The aforementioned was the situation someone like Apostle Paul operated, until the grace of Christ came upon him. This immeasurable grace, made an already citizen of Hell fire to change his leopard’s spots, to enable him have a ‘super-naturalisation.’ This super-naturalisation entails that he did not have a dual citizenship, but a total change of his identity, as in this contemporary world, where a man could have dual citizenship through naturalisation. However, since Light (God) and darkness (Satan) cannot function together, no man can, therefore, have dual citizenship of Heaven and Hell. This was what brought about the changing of our leopards’ spots through super-naturalisation. Therefore, what looked impossible, in view of the wicked attitude of Saul (Paul), became a reality and it was perplexing to people in a way that suggested, “how come that the leopard of Paul changed his own spots, as against the established order?”
Example in the Solemnisation of Marriages
It is very rare to see a bachelor and a spinster having a peaceful marital home, if two of them live in different ways they were living before the solemnisation of their marriage. This, the scripture made mention in Genesis 2:24 – therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Possibly, the man is an introvert and the woman is an extrovert; or the woman likes to watch local drama and the man loves football; or both of them belong to different football clubs, and the two clubs are playing each other; and many more. If they still want to continue in this manner, the marriage may likely crash and then they will say that they had irreconcilable differences. The truth of the matter is that both did not learn that there is a need for them to change the spots of their leopards. Therefore, for Christians to successfully change the spots of their leopards, they must learn to sacrifice enjoyment of the world for heavenly gains.
Example of a worthy Disciple
To serve God in spirit and in truth, something must change in our lives. In all honesty, it is more like someone, who needed to flush out the contaminated blood in his body to have a completely new blood transfusion. This means that for the man to have sound health, something must leave his body for a new one to come in. This Jesus Christ said in Luke 14:26-27 – (26) If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (27) And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciples – Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31-32; Mark 10:7-8.
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To Be Continued…